The Frank Lloyd Wright Companion

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University of Chicago Press, 1993 - Architecture - 492 pages
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A Frank Lloyd Wright Companion brings together in one handsome, oversized volume the essential details, descriptions, brief histories, photographs, and plans of everything built by America's best-known architect.

For the first time, William Allin Storrer presents complete plans of all Wright's work as built along with a remarkably rich treasury of critical information and rare anecdotal material collected over many years of research.

Surveying almost 450 buildings, each of which he visited at least twice, Storrer includes the full range of Wright's architecture—from vacation cottages in Montana and Michigan to such monuments of modernism as the Johnson's Wax Building and the Guggenheim Museum. He also includes buildings completed after Wright's death in 1959.

Organized to follow Wright's career from his first design, the interior of the Helena Valley Chapel near Taliesin, to his last built work, the Lykes residence in Phoenix, the entries feature:

A text that summarizes what is important about the history of each building, its commission, design, use, and client, its place in Wright's work, and its stylistic and engineering innovations.

1000 photographs of interiors and exteriors, most taken by the author. There are also elevations and historical images of buildings that are no longer standing.

Floor plans of Wright's built work showing changes in his preliminary plans, and each meticulously redrawn by the author.

As a comprehensive single-volume reference unmatched in scope, detail, and authority, the Companion will be an indispensable centerpiece of any Frank Lloyd Wright collection and any serious library of art and architecture.

"William Allin Storrer, a scholar who has written on Wright for a quarter-century, has produced the first true and complete catalogue raisonné of Wright's work, and it is stunning. . . . Mr. Storrer has given us more than a story; he has written an epic. This book, more than any other, makes the remarkable length and breadth of Wright's career clear. . . . His texts are straightforward and intelligent. . . . [Storrer] has taken the vast forest of Wright's built work and looked at it tree by tree, labeling each and every one of those trees thoroughly and intriguingly. It is a testament to Mr. Storrer's skill that this book comes off not merely as a catalogue, but as an inspiring study of the whole Wright forest."—Paul Goldberger, New York Times Book Review

"Storrer . . . knows more about Frank Lloyd Wright than anyone else, and he's produced the ultimate encyclopedia, with 965 photographs of 470 buildings and an insightful, fact-filled text."—Robert Campbell, Boston Globe

"By bringing the full range of Wright's work under one roof, this definitive guide makes a major contribution to the literature on Wright."—Blair Kamin, Chicago Tribune Books

"[A]n excellent reference guide to everything built by Frank Lloyd Wright."—Thomas D. Sullivan, Washington Times

"This book is an essential reference for all those interested in Wright. . . . It will be highly useful when reading the more theoretical books that are beginning to pour out from Wright's archives."—Architecture Nz

"Frank Lloyd Wright expert Storrer has compiled the definitive Wright reference book. . . . It is an invaluable, enjoyable, and authoritative resource."—Donna Seaman, Booklist

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William Allin Storrer A.B. Harvard '58, M.F.A. Boston University '62, Ph.D. Ohio University '68, a native of Dearborn, Michigan, lives in Frankfort, Michigan. He holds the position of Adjunct Professor of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin. A world expert on the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, his two books, The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, a complete catalog and The Frank Lloyd Wright Companion, have sold a hundred thousand copies and the latter work has been translated into Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese and Simplified Chinese. Storrer has directed over 40 theatrical works in college and community theatres. For 40 years he was a critic for the British magazine Opera, and authored over 400 articles on theatre, music and related arts in magazines and newspapers. Exhibiting his nature and architectural photography in America and Great Britain, he is also a voracious reader (science fiction and mysteries), an itinerant birdwatcher, an energetic world traveler (70 countries in two 'round-the-world journeys and various other sojourns) and a gregarious film buff. He serves as webmaster of both his Dearborn (Mich.) high school and Harvard College classes and has maintained the only web site that allows a comparison of the Perry Mason TV series with the books upon which many of the TV episodes were based. His latest endeavour, like his earlier ones, is comprehensive. It is the first presentation of a wine region with maps of every vineyard, stories of the winemakers and winery owners, recipes from the tasting room and winery staff and detailed statistics of what is grown on Michigan's American Viticultural Area parallel peninsulas. An all-in-one handbook compendium of the wines of the area, this book explains how to tour the tasting rooms, how to taste and store your wines, as well as presenting some special recipes with which to drink your wines. Bill and Pat met in Norway. Once they started talking, they never stopped. Their courtship occurred over the Pacific Ocean between South Carolina and New Zealand, until it was decided they both should live in America. Patricia is from New Zealand, with a family background of dairy farming and then commercial beekeeping. She describes herself as a life-long professional computer geek who enjoys music, choir singing (soprano), gardening, cooking and history. And, oh yes, she enjoys writing and editing.

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